Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

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331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
732-751-9453
    
Hours   
Daily: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Extended hours Memorial Day through Labor Day: Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Free Weekend Activities

Safari Backpacks   
Explore Manasquan Reservoir with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world.
Hands-on Learning
 
Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment.
 
Free Nature Programs   
Free nature programs are offered on most weekends. Listed below are upcoming programs. Call 732-751-9453 for more information about these free programs.  

Fossils       
Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25 (self-directed)        
Learn about some common fossils of New Jersey.                

Wood Turtles 
Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2 at 1 p.m.  
Come meet this elusive turtle.

What Was It? 
Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9 (self-directed)
Try to identify the origins of the nature artifacts.

Snake Meet and Greet   
Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16 at 12 p.m.      
Meet one of the Environmental Center's resident snakes.

Fall Colors 
Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23 (self-directed)
Learn why leaves change colors.

Skeleton Creations  
Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30 (self-directed)
Create skeleton sculptures with recycled materials.

Mammals  
Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6 (self-directed) 
Learn about some of the mammals of Monmouth County.   

Whose SCAT Is That?          
Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13  (self-directed)  
This fun game shows you how to identify animals through their scat.  

Turkey Tales    
Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20 at 11 a.m.         
Discover what turkeys eat for Thanksgiving during a story. Afterward, make a craft to take home.   

Surviving Winter   
Saturday & Sunday, November 26 & 27 (self-directed)   
Come see how animals survive the cold winter.  

 

 

Directions   

 

  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left.
  • State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.